The Mother City was literally on Fire this weekend, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees in some parts. This seems to be one of the warmest and dryest Summer’s I’ve certainly experienced and we are only in January! It’s difficult to get a good nights sleep in such ridiculously warm weather and it’s even harder to keep the little ones comfortable.
When it’s warm out, we tend to spend lots of time in the pool or at the beach but it’s important to remember that babies and young children can become ill during very hot weather like we are currently experiencing. Their health can be seriously affected by sunburn, dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Therefore in hot weather it’s really important to ensure your little one is not overheating.
After doing some research, I’ve devised a plan to keep Alyssa and Aidan cool this Summer and I thought I’d share some tips with you to keep your little ones comfortable in this heat:
1.Opt for lightweight clothing that is loose and made from cotton which is better at absorbing perspiration. Don’t over-dress them. If you’re wearing a t-shirt and shorts, it’s also fine for them to wear the same!
2. Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight so ensure you have a parasol for your pram or seek out shade when you’re out and about.
3. If you do take your child outside in the heat, make sure they wear a hat – but remove it as soon as you get into the car or the house to avoid them getting too hot. Sunblock is also a must!
4. Offer your children frequent drinks to avoid dehydration. If you are breastfeeding, feed your baby more often. Have plenty of fluids yourself, including a cool drink at every feed.
5. Children enjoy water play in the summer and it can help cool them off. We don’t have a built in pool at home so we fill up an inflatable baby pool, add some toys and let the kids play. Just remember to keep an eye on your kids constantly and never leave them alone for even just a second.
6. Your child will sleep more comfortably if you let them sleep in the coolest room in the house.Make sure air can circulate around them – for example, by removing any padding around the cot. Don’t leave babies to sleep in a pram or carseat– they can be hot and airless. Use fans, but not directed at the child. Cover mattresses and waterproof sheets with thick layers of cotton sheets to absorb perspiration and prevent prickly heat rash. Avoid using a pillow or mattress that your baby sinks down into. It’s also OK to put your baby to bed in just a nappy.
Summertime should be a happy time but it’s up to us parents to keep our kids cool, well hydrated and safe from the heat and scorching sun!
I really hope you find these tips useful!